Dr. Nicolous Praygod Amani

Nicolous PrayGod Amani is a Lecturer in the Department of Private Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B-2009), Master of Laws (LL. M-2013) and a Ph.D. (2021) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr. Amani joined the School (the Faculty of Law) as a Tutorial Assistant in September 2010. In 2014, he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania and was subsequently admitted to the bar as an Advocate, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.

Apart from teaching, Dr. Amani has also had a number of administrative engagements with the School and the University at large.  From 2014-2017, for instance, Dr. Amani served as Coordinator of the Certificate in Law Programme of the University of Dar es Salaam. During this time, Dr. Amani was also appointed member of the School of Law Board. In 2015, Dr. Amani was appointed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) to a team preparing a proposal for establishing a Centre of Excellence in Oil and Gas (ACE-OG project) at the University of Dar es Salaam. In addition, Dr. Amani has also served as secretary to the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the School of Law from 2019-2021, and member of the Anti-fishery Crimes Taskforce team organized by the School of Law from 2020.

Dr. Amani specializes in Asset Recovery Law and Anti-money Laundering Law. In his doctoral thesis, for instance, he examined the emerging trends in asset recovery practices in Tanzania, especially, focusing on the use of both legislated and unlegislated processes, namely, amnesties and out of court settlements to recover criminal assets and the attendant legal implications. Despite his specialty, Dr. Amani also teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Financial Crimes Law, Criminology and Penology, and the Law of Torts.

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  • Civil Forfeiture in Tanzania: A Panacea for Recovering Illicitly Acquired Property by Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)? Eastern Africa Law Review Vol.41, No.2 2014


  • Informal Amnesties in Asset Recovery Practices in Tanzania: Examining Criminal Justice Challenges, Eastern Africa Law Review Vol.48 No. 1 2021

Conference Paper

  • Human Rights at the Crossroads: Addressing Overriding National Security Concerns in Tanzania, A paper presented at the International Students Seminar, University of Cologne, Germany, November, 2015.

Research Projects

  • Research Assistant in Refugee, Peace Building and Asylum in Tanzania. A project coordinated by Prof. James Milner (University of Carleton, Canada) November 2011-December 2012.

Selected Trainings/Workshops Involved

  • Stakeholders meeting deliberating on Mutual Evaluation Reports of the United Republic of Tanzania on Combating Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Proliferation, and Proposed Anti-money Laundering Legislative Amendments-organized by the Financial Intelligence Unit, Dar es Salaam, October 2021.
  • UNODC-Mauritius Symposium for Academics on Anti-corruption , Integrity and Ethics, 6 April 2017
  • International Students Seminar on Human Rights and National Security, Cologne, Germany, November 2015.
  • Regional Training on Extractive Industries for East African Government Lawyers, Entebbe- Uganda, June 2015.
  • Write-Shop Workshop organized by Centre for Climate Change Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, 2014
  • Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism – Bagamoyo, July, 2012.


  • Best Presentation Award-International Students Seminar, Cologne, Germany 2017.
  • Family Law and Development Prize Award, University of Dar es Salaam 2007/8

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